The Happiness of the People

AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE – Charles Murray
Off-the-Hill Reading Group, May 8, 2009

” …Do you want the United States to be like Europe? … In short, the question has suddenly become urgently relevant because President Obama and his leading intellectual heroes are the American equivalent of Europe’s social democrats…”

The Welfare State and the Meaning of Life

THE WIHTERSPOON INSTITUTE: PUBLIC DISCOURSE – Greg Forster
Off-the-Hill Reading Group, May 8, 2009

” …But Murray’s analysis, though otherwise excellent, is missing a crucial element: an appreciation that these spiritual dangers ultimately arise from disregarding the moral law… America shows all the signs of entering a generational political crisis such as we haven’t seen since the Great Depression. It is now an open question whether we will continue to be a quasi-capitalist nation, in defiance of fashionable international opinion, or follow the example of our European betters and become a quasi-socialist nation…”

The End of Christian America

NEWSWEEK – Jon Meacham
Off-the-Hill Reading Group, April 21, 2009

” …the number of Americans who claim no religious affiliation has nearly doubled since 1990, rising from 8 to 15 percent. Then came the point he could not get out of his mind: while the unaffiliated have historically been concentrated in the Pacific Northwest, the report said, ‘this pattern has now changed, and the Northeast emerged in 2008 as the new stronghold of the religiously unidentified.’ As Mohler saw it, the historic foundatio nof America’s religious culture was cracking.”

Red Faith, Blue Faith

THE WASHINGTON POST – Michael Gerson
Off-the-Hill Reading Group, April 21, 2009

” … A younger generation of evangelicals and their leaders, while generally remaining culturally conservative, tends to view the religious right’s model of social engagement as narrow in focus and too negative in tone. And the loose language of creating or re-creating a ‘Christian America’ has always been a heresy, a historical error and a blunder. A hereesy because no kingdom, however admirable, can be properly identified with the Kingdom of God. A historical error…”